Caring for your mental health is just as important as caring for your physical health. If you aren’t in a good place mentally, then chances are this will impact other areas of your life.
What you do or don’t do in relation to supporting a healthy mind can make all the difference to your quality of life. Whether you’re feeling low, struggling with anxiety, or you have depression, knowing what can help you to make changes that are beneficial for you.
Recognize your Feelings
Before you do anything else, you need to recognize how you’re feeling and how this is impacting your day-to-day life. Are you feeling low, or are your anxiety levels raised, or you’re just not feeling yourself and can’t pinpoint what is wrong? Whatever it is, recognizing your feelings is a great place to start and can help you get on the right track for caring for your mental health, even if you don’t feel it’s anything significant.
Talk to Someone
Letting others know when you aren’t in a good headspace mentally can help you to lift some of the burden of what you’re going through; even talking to others if you aren’t having mental health issues can be beneficial. It can be a family member, friend, colleague, or mental health professional. Whether you need to book services in a mental health clinic or take an online therapy session, talking to a therapist or accessing mental health services or medication via your primary care physician can be beneficial even if you don’t struggle with your mental health.
Making lifestyle changes can massively benefit your mental health and help you support how you feel daily. Easier said than done, but looking into changing your diet and eating a more nutritionally balanced diet consisting mainly of whole foods can help you to support your body and, in turn, your mental health. From here, trying to add more exercise per day can help you feel better in yourself and physically and give you a boost from endorphins. Going to the gym, walking, swimming, yoga, online workouts, and taking classes are great places to start regarding exercise options. Try getting at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily to raise your heart rate and don’t forget to get 7-9 hours of sleep per night where possible, as sleep is vital to supporting a healthy lifestyle.
Write It Down
Writing your feelings down or writing about your day can help you offload your worries and thoughts and get things out of your head to make sense of them. In the cold light of day, looking at your concerns or fears on paper can give you a way to work through them and analyze them without them swimming around in your head. It can still be a cathartic process, even if you don’t do anything about them once you have written them out.
Get a notebook, or use a notes app on your phone. Track your thoughts, write about your day, talk about how you feel, and even write down three things that made you happy or anything you want to change and see how you feel.
Caring for your mental health doesn’t have to be something you do once you feel you are struggling. It is something you can do even when you feel good to help you boost this frame of mind and ward off any negative changes before they start.